Delicate Dance: Feds Seek Contempt Ruling Against Amos Miller Over Meat Records

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During a federal court hearing in late June, there was soothing talk from a USDA inspector that the forced inspection being sought on Amos Miller’s Pennsylvania farm was intended to “educate him about safety.”

Federal Judge Edward Smith approved the inspection order and, surprise, it turns out the ongoing inspection was about much more than educating Miller about safety.

The U.S. Department of Justice is now seeking to charge Miller with contempt of court for failing to obey demands from the U.S. Department of Agriculture they he supply the individual purchasing records of consumers who are members of Miller’s private association.

In its motion last week to the U.S. District Court for the civil contempt-of-court ruling, the DOJ includes a statement from the USDA inspector, Paul Flanagan, that describes a delicate dance going on between the USDA and Miller over the disclosure of customer receipts.

That dance is part of a larger dance between Miller and members of his private association; those members signed agreements that state in part: “Any customer/consumer records kept by the association will be strictly protected and only released upon written request of the member.” No members are requesting that Miller release their records to the feds, to my knowledge.

The Flanagan statement indicates Miller has been trying to satisfy all parties, though not successfully thus far. According to Flanagan, during an inspection visit July 11, “I asked Mr. Miller if he could provide me with the past six months of records related to the purchase, processing, and sale of meat and poultry products, Mr. Miller stated that he could not affirmatively supply/gather those records but that they were in or on his desk if I wanted to sort through his various and sundry records myself. The desk he pointed to had stacks of documents on top of it.”

Flanagan’s statement doesn’t say whether he availed himself of Miller’s offer, though the implication is that he didn’t, because he says that, “On July 19, 2016, Investigator Russell and I returned to Miller’s Organic Farm. On our arrival, I again asked Mr. Miller for defendants’ records that are associated with the slaughter, processing, transportation, purchase, and sale of Miller’s Organic Farm’s meat and poultry products….Mr. Miller did show me and allow me to copy a spiral notebook that was labeled ‘Butcher 2015.’” That book included slaughtering information—number of animals slaughtered on various dates, and their weights—but not the key information Flanagan sought about member meat purchases.

“On that date, Mr. Miller also stated that his private membership association owns his farm’s sales records and that, based on or notwithstanding the Court’s June 30 Order, it would be an invasion of his association’s privacy for him to produce the records. I replied that Mr. Miller would be in violation of the Court’s order if he did not produce the records.”

Flanagan proceeds to describe his efforts at a compromise that he argues would protect members’ identities while providing the USDA with the data it seeks, which is confirmation that Miller is selling meat not inspected by the USDA, and doing it across state lines. He says that “on July 28, I asked Mr. Miller to show me an invoice for one of his customers, he did so, but he folded the invoice so that I could not see the member-customer’s name and address. He explained that he was not showing me such information because it is ‘private’ and the property of the association members. I responded that FSIS (the Food Safety Inspection Service that is part of USDA) has no interest in a customer’s name and was not asking for any member’s personal information.”

Flanagan says that when he returned the next day, July 29, “I asked Mr. Miller to produce, for any three-month period between January 2016 and June 2016, all of his farm’s invoices related to the sale of meat and poultry products…..I explained that FSIS needed the invoices to include, without redaction: (1) the invoice date; (2) the purchaser’s city; (3) the purchaser’s state; (4) the descriptions of the meat  and poultry products sold; and (5) the weights of the meat and poultry products sold. But, as I told Mr. Miller, because of his stated concerns about his member-customers’ privacy, he could redact his member-customers’ names and street addresses. Mr. Miller declined my offer to assist him with redacting such name and street address information….On August 8, 2016, Mr. Miller called me to state that he is unwilling to produce any Miller’s Organic Farm sales records/invoices that include a member-customer’s name, address city, or state” (emphasis included by Flanagan).

A civil contempt ruling could threaten Miller with sizable fines should he fail to comply with the USDA records demand. No court date has yet been set for the court hearing on the records demand, but based on the fact that it relates to an existing order, chances are the court will act quickly, within days or weeks. What also isn’t clear is if Miller will be dancing into the court room.

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19 Comments on "Delicate Dance: Feds Seek Contempt Ruling Against Amos Miller Over Meat Records"

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Bless\'ed are the Cheese Makers
Bless\'ed are the Cheese Makers
August 25, 2016 6:39 am

What a double standard our government lives by!! Hillary gets by literally with murder, she lies to Congress, she lies to the public, she deletes emails, she has dozens of mysterious deaths in her wake, and the DOJ, Congress, the lamestream media, and the power elite won’t touch her. On the other hand, you take a small Amish farmer who is a willing seller who sells product to a willing buyer via a contractual relationship therewith, and the government is pulling out all the stops to bring him down. The USDA, the FDA, the TSA, the Dept. of Education, and a myriad of other worthless leeching useless bureaucrats need to be abolished and put these government idiots who work for them back out into the private sector where they wouldn’t even qualify for a job as a Wal-Mart greeter. By the way, they can take these liberal federal judges who get appointed “for life” with them. What a useless waste of taxpayer money. When are we going to march on Washington DC with torches and pitchforks demanding that this crap come to an end?

lis
lis
August 25, 2016 2:27 pm

The ABC agencies and their liayers have NO control in common law.

lis
lis
August 25, 2016 3:52 pm
irene
irene
August 25, 2016 11:12 am

Hold on there Tonto, a riot would be an excuse for martial law restrictions. We need to prove the murders in a public widely accepted way. We need to prove the legislative fraud, the bribery, the active manipulation of media and communications. We need to stop the murders and the false flags. The wizard behind the curtain must be exposed. http://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/breaking-death-of-wikileaks-lawyer-john-jones-qc-ruled-not-suicide-27821

lis
lis
August 25, 2016 2:45 pm

No need for riots. Wrongs can be righted in a court of record (common law), which is for man. All other courts are fraudulent and unlawful to man….they can only interact with other corporate fictions, strawman.

Roll up your sleeves and get involved.
https://fourcornersdoctrine.wordpress.com/an-introduction-to-understanding/

http://1stmichiganassembly.info/

Leon Moyer
Leon Moyer
August 25, 2016 2:06 pm

Isn’t civil contempt only over when a person comes into compliance with the court order?? If so, the judge may not use monetary fines but place him in jail until he decides to comply. The courts also do this when a person refuses to testify as a witness if the court feels the testimony is critical to the case, as the information about shipping meat across state lines is critical to this case.

lis
lis
August 25, 2016 2:26 pm

If we allow the corrupt statutory/maritime courts to invade our privacy and dictate, we are now slaves. There is man’s land court, common law, protected by the 7th amendment, research it and stop the enslavement.

lis
lis
August 25, 2016 2:29 pm
lis
lis
August 25, 2016 2:29 pm
Gordon Watson
Gordon Watson
August 26, 2016 12:31 am
contempt of court is so much fun for the Prosecutors, because the presumption is that you’re guilty. Onus is on someone charged with contempt (in the British style) to purge that allegation. If the contemnor is actually in the court itself … such as sitting in a gaol cell … but refuses to co-operate. He … maybe even she … will be sent back to the cells for 7 days. Then ( in our system here) he must be presented to open Court to have another go at it. That’s for contempt “in facie” = right in the courtroom. But there’s contempt “ex facie” = elsewhere in the jurisdiction of that particular Court. Which is what Amos Miller is – apparently – facing. Although I’ve been hard on Mr Miller up to now, I’m on his side in the contempt thing. If he told the federal Agent with the Warrant : ‘there’s the information in that pile of paper on my desk”. then that’s sufficient to comply with the Order. >>>> So it looks like it wasn’t about the milk, after all. No … it’s about the taxes that he wasn’t rendering to Caesar
lis
lis
August 25, 2016 2:23 pm

The only lawful question is, who’s been harmed or injured? If not, there’s no crime. Learn the difference between legal and lawful. If not, we remain slaves to the corrupt fake court system. Common law is the only law for man. The current corrupt statutory court is for fictions, strawman.

https://fourcornersdoctrine.wordpress.com/an-introduction-to-understanding/

Here’s the remedy. Get involved and end slavery for all: http://1stmichiganassembly.info/

Andrew Richard Teichner
Andrew Richard Teichner
August 25, 2016 3:34 pm

Well Said.

Gordon Watson
Gordon Watson
August 25, 2016 7:16 pm
well, “lis” ? … any day you come up with a report of a real person, who succeeded at anything more important than a parking ticket, using the “straw man” crap~0LA, I’m MOST interested. give us a case file # ; place where the parties convened for the hearing ; date ; ; names of the parties and their contacts so I can verify … you know = the simple basics that a good journalist provides. As Sgt. Friday used to put it on Dragnet ; “just the facts, ma’am”. Otherwise you’re just another addle-pated tyro, sucking energy of good people away from the Big Issue … a menace to those of us who are in this for the long haul. >>>> For your edification, contact Russell A . Porisky in the Canadian Federal penitentiary system, via his wife, Elaine Gould in Chilliwack BC. Mr Porisky is now serving the remainder of his 4 !/2 year sentence for tax evasion / conspiring to commit an indictable offence etc.. On July 21, I was in the courtroom in Vancouver where he appeared by CCtv from prison, before Madame Justice Gropper … grovelling for legal aid in order to appeal the verdict… Read more »
Brian DuBridge
Brian DuBridge
August 25, 2016 4:39 pm

If they really cared about the safety of the people buying the products it wouldn’t matter if they were sold across state lines. The witch hunt for cross state sales demonstrates unquestionably that they are only trying to destroy the seller for their own satisfaction. Tar and feathering of the field agents and their bosses, all involved in this action, and regular application in all like circumstances of government intervention, would solve the problem. We need to bring back the old ways of regulation by the people. The court game is the governments game.

CYNTHIA LEE ROSE
August 25, 2016 6:23 pm

I am a member… FOR YEARS… and I have never purchased animal products from Amos Miller because our club OWNS them…. invoices are for service fees to process and deliver what I already OWN…. Grrrrrr……

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